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April fools day around the world

April Fool’s Day Around the World

It’s always a good idea to be skeptical about what you read on the Internet, but on April 1st that’s especially true. Why do we play pranks on each other on April 1st? There are a couple of theories as to how this holiday got its start. The first theory is that April Fools Day began after Europe switched from the old Julian calendar to the modern Gregorian calender. Prior to the switch, most of Europe celebrated the beginning of a new year from the 25th of March to April 1st, to coincide with the festival of the Annunciation.  “April Fools,” then, was a day to play jokes on “April fools,” or people who insisted on celebrating New Year’s on the wrong day.

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